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The Secret Garden

Narrated by: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

Read by actress, singer, blogger and author Carrie Hope Fletcher, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s delightful novel The Secret Garden is given new life. Delve in to the tranquil world of Burnett’s story as you follow the journey of her young protagonist, Mary Lennox, on her journey through her childhood. First published in 1911, the novel is a much-cited ‘classic’ of English children’s literature. It is, however, as much for adults as for anyone else. An uplifting and light-hearted listen, this is the ideal summer escape. 

Mary Lennox starts her life as an unhappy victim of circumstance. After the loss of her parents, she moves to rural Yorkshire to live with a distant uncle where she resents the wildness of the countryside. At first, she struggles to find a place in this new existence. Although unsure about her surroundings and its occupants, through the gentle guidance of the maid she gradually becomes interested in the story of Mrs Craven who apparently used to spend her time in a garden at the house, the key to which has vanished. Mary makes it her quest to find and explore the possibilities it holds. Her journey sees her change, befriending a host of loveable characters as the garden begins to cast its spell on her. 

About the author

Born in 1849, Burnett moved to America in 1865 where she would live, on and off, for the rest of her life. She was well travelled, living in Paris for a few years before buying a house in England (where she wrote The Secret Garden) and finally moving to New York. She is best known for her children’s novels such as Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess but was also a prodigious writer of adult fiction. It is this, which perhaps explains how she was able to merge and cater for both audiences with such success in The Secret Garden

About the narrator

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an award-winning actress, best-selling author, musical theatre star and social media influencer. Carrie has starred in Les Misérables, and Heathers on London’s West End and is author to four best-selling books: All I Know Now, On the Other Side, All That She Can See and When The Curtain Falls, her next title is called In The Time We Lost. Carrie has also released a debut solo album, When The Curtains Fall. The album features Carrie’s most-loved musical theatre songs, covered in a unique and modern way. Alongside her acting, writing and music career, Carrie has an established online presence with over 528,000 followers on Twitter, 492,000 on Instagram and over 652,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Cover Credit: Aitch at Central Illustration 

Public Domain (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
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brilliant classic

very well read, beautiful classic story. the descriptions of nature and Yorkshire life ransport you into the dreamy world of the children you can almost feel and smell like you are actually there....

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Unfortunate accent issues. Otherwise brilliant!

A wonderful classic, generally read very well by the narrator. What a shame that the narration was marred by the awkward over pronunciation of the Yorkshire T'. Has she never heard of a Glottal Stop?!

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Lovely story shame about the accent

The book starts well the narrator has a lovely clear voice, however, the terrible Yorkshire accent and the misplaced ‘t’s drove me crazy. Book returned, shame.

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Simply lovely.

The magic of the secret garden, of getting well, of living, of childhood, of Yorkshire, of good food, of fresh air, of good mothering. Feel good book. A spiritual metaphor. Beautifully narrated.

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Shame about the audio

This was one of my favourite books as a child so I was excited about being able to listen to this. However I am having to return it as the audio is driving me mad. It's as though the narrator is moving around as it was recorded; sometimes she is further from the microphone so it sounds too quiet, then all of a sudden it gets loud again. It doesn't make for a comfortable listening experience.

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Lovely story, frustrating accents!

I love this story and the production is good. The story is read well, but as a Yorkshire woman the over exaggerated 't'-ing made it a little frustrating! Just not how we talk!

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Enchanting

"Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it."

As a child, Mary's parents never showed her any devotion. Born in India, she was raised by her servants. She was given everything she wanted, allowed to do as she pleased, and turned into a very sour, temperamental and spoilt child. When a disease takes the life of her parents, she is forced to relocate to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle. Here the people treat Mary very differently. For once in her life, she is expected to do things for herself and show others respect. Mary is lonely and miserable... until she discovers the joys of the Yorkshire countryside and learns about a secret garden, now locked up and hidden away...

This was such a joy to read. The fact that this 100+ year old book can still intrigue and entertain modern audiences shows just how special it is. I was transported into its pages until I wanted to stay among the Yorkshire countryside, hidden in Mary's secret garden. Throughout the story, Mary undergoes an heart-warming character development. She starts off spoilt and sour but changes as she becomes intrigued by nature; this is what saves her.

"She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind."

I don't think that readers will ever stop loving this book, for the enchantment and morals will always remain relevant.

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Excellent apart from the (sadly non-)Yorkshire ts

It was lovely to revisit a childhood favourite and find that it was even better than I remember - the only shame was that the reader, whilst generally very good, didn't appear to know how to pronounce a Yorkshire t, so that kept pulling me out of the story.

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A captivating and magical performance

I listened to this with my 6 year old. The story is beautifully written and the performance is just wonderful. We got through it in just a few days we were enjoying it so much! A captivating and magical performance. Amazing.

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Beautifully retold

It was so lovely to listen to this story from my childhood with my daughter!

(I would add though that I find the sound is a bit off, as if the storyteller is moving away and back towards the recording microphone. Perhaps this is a sound issue that Audible are able to resolve??)

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  • 14-06-20

Really, really enjoyed this book!

It was so wonderful revisiting a book I remembered from my youth! The story took me far away from daily concerns and cares. I have listened to it twice and will keep it in mind when I need to escape daily frustrations!

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  • Lady Lightning
  • 19-05-20

Fabulous

I have loved this book since I was small. My Mum and Grandma both read it to me I was enthralled. I read it to my children, I’ve read it to my granddaughters. I still feel the magic when I hear the words, this recording took me back to my long ago childhood. Totally loved this recording. Highly recommended.

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  • Megan Robinson
  • 16-05-20

Lovely

A lovely new narration of a favorite classic! The narrator does a great job with the different accents, I loved listening to her Yorkshire characters.

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  • Christopher Shepherd
  • 10-05-20

Great Storytelling!!!

A great book for passing time and for the fun of it! The storytelling is high class and very exciting!

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  • Debbie Duncan
  • 25-04-20

Wonderful innocent read

Loved it from start to finish. Wonderful reading. Full of the warmth and excitement of a childs wonders. Sweet and innocent. The voices and yorkshire accent were excellent. The book left me feeling happy and warm and positive.

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  • Allie Nova
  • 08-04-20

Great narrator

I found this incredibly soothing to listen to, the narrators voice is a perfect match for this story

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  • 07-04-20

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  • Mimi
  • 01-04-20

What a breath of fresh air! This was such a fun book to read.

I really enjoyed reading “The Secret Garden “. It was filled hope that was shared by two young children who had never been given the opportunity most children grow up with.

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  • Lark
  • 16-02-20

I love this story so much!

The reader does a great job.
I seriously reread this story possibly every year. I love how the garden fills Mary with new life. There is truly something magical about connecting with the earth and watching things grow.